Apart from a few of the more sensationalistic moments of the film, and the trope of a Caucasian male inheriting the “power” of the Ninja, this is a pretty good film. Starring Michael Beck, it modernizes traditional training, endurance training and a few other aspects. Mako co-stars in this so what else could you ask for?
There wasn’t any training in any of the Ryuha on screen, but they captured the essence of the Shinobi in a small way. I grew up as a Ninja fan, heck it was my gateway into the martial world in the early 80’s. I won’t bore you with the names and details, but it was a fun ride. In 2010, I finally found a teacher of the Bujinkan’s (武神館) nine schools. Long story short, after twenty-five years of training, I had found my home in Budo Taijutsu. Three years later, I had my Shodan license, and I still know very little.
Watch the movie and enjoy!